Monday, July 27, 2009

Tasting Happy

I can taste it in popcorn
I get at the fair
as the thick scent of butter
floats in the air

I can taste it in sandwiches:
P B and J
on soft, fresh bread
like mom used to make.

I can taste it in waffles
from the village cafe
watching ships in the harbor
as they sail away.

I can taste it in lobster
and remember a dream
when I feasted like royalty
down by the sea.

I can taste it in chocolate
in moments of bliss
when my love is awaiting
a sweet good-night kiss.

Caren E. Salas

Friday, July 24, 2009

Sailing Away...

I want to sail away somewhere

just vanish without a trace

an island with palm trees and white sand

and a cool breeze caressing my face.

I want to sail away someday

and search for a place to call home

a paradise waits for me I feel sure

a heaven on earth of my own.

Caren E. Salas

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

No Light

Crawling down a tunnel
Searching for a prayer
Reaching for somebody
Knowing no one’s there.

Straining for a flicker
Stretching for a dream
No one hears me crying
Or even hears me scream.

Crawling down a tunnel
Praying for the light
Hoping for the morning
But knowing only night.

The darkness overwhelms me
The silence takes my breath
It feels like forever
Or even more...
like death.

Caren E. Salas

Your Eyes...

Your eyes tell me secrets

That words wouldn't dare

They speak like a whisper

A hope, or a prayer.

Like rain in the desert

A light in the dark

A vision that sees me

A splash with a spark.

Your eyes sing me love songs

That no one can hear

They try like a promise

A smile, or a tear.

Like ice that can melt me

A fire that cools

A sweet dream that wakes me

The last broken rule.

Your eyes give me stories

And poems to write

The moon in the morning

And the sun, out at night.

Caren E. Salas

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Music

I waited
patiently on the shore
for the music of the sunset
a song of ocean...and sky

It started
simply, just a note
a monotone of pale blue
a soft chiming of wispy white

I watched
silently as clouds
played the melody in pink
adagio in a violet sky

It played
softly in my mind
a cacaphony of color
a symphony of light

I listened
carefully to the sea
the yearning, somber harmony
the echoes of the deep

It finished
melting into peace
the sun's final crescendo
enveloped by the sea.

Caren E. Salas

Monday, July 6, 2009

Siren's Song

My muses sing
a Siren's song
Sighs from the sea
and light
A dream for me
to write.

It calls to me
a silent song
Holds me so tight
and deep
A lullabye
to keep.

And when I wake
a shining song
Whispers my name
and green
A brand new day
to dream.

Caren E. Salas

Climb Every Mountain...

During our recent trip to Yosemite, my oldest daughter and son, along with my husband, attempted to hike to the top of Half Dome. It's about 17 miles round trip and a tough hike even for experienced hikers. They encouraged each other on farther and farther until they reached the marker for the final 2 miles. At that point, they realized that if they were to continue, they may not make it back. A failure? Hardly!! They got farther than many people would have even dreamed about. Their goal was the stars, and maybe they didn't reach it, but they got far enough to look down at the earth and say, "Wow." I think we all need to aim for the highest point we can, yet know when it's okay to say..."Maybe next time." And hopefully you say that before you need to call the Rangers and be taken out by helicopter!
As for me, that morning as they prepared to set out on their adventure, I wished them luck and thought "Maybe next time I'll go too". As Mother Superior said (Sound of Music) ..."Climb every mountain...til you find your dream."

Thursday, July 2, 2009


My nephew has a Facebook page called "Fans of Logan's Quotes" which is very encouraging. He's only 21 but seems to have some really great insights. Look it up! Meanwhile, here's one:

"Don't be afraid to be afraid, fear drives the soul to do what is not normally possible, to do the impossible, to reach amazing feats. Never was there a mountain so high that it was insurmountable, never was there a distance too great that it couldn't be traveled, and never was there a reason why you couldn't be the greatest thing on this earth. Don't let life prevent you from being amazing, you are special and need to shine like a star, otherwise, you are but a sand crab hidden from the world, only to be stepped on by some careless little kid. Be great. Be amazing. Be wonderful. Be unbelievable."-Logan Robinson